Smiles at the Lake, a Smile Train Fundraiser

Smile Train

Our shop owner's 16 year old daughter Avery is a Smile Train Student Ambassador and a Team Captain this year. Each year, Ambassadors are tasked with creating a fundraiser for Smile Train as a part of their mission.

Smile Train is close to her heart, as she was born with cleft lip and palate. She was blessed with the best care here in North Carolina at both UNC and Duke Hospitals, and wants to help ensure that kids around the world also get the care they need.

baby avery  Avery with dog

 This is Avery's tenth year of hosting fundraisers for Smile Train, and this year, we are offering the greatest prize ever:

A $25 donation will enter you into a drawing to enjoy a 2021 weekend at The Cottage at Retreat at Lake Gaston!

A generous $100 donation will count as 5 entries for the weekend prize!


The Cottage sleeps six in two bedrooms, with beautiful lake views.

screened porch sunset

To donate:

1. Click on this link.

2. Click the Support Me button.

3. Choose your donation amount.

4. In the message section, please write "Smiles at the Lake" so that we know your donation is a part of this fundraiser.

All donations must be received by May 15, 2021 to be included in this fundraiser.

The 2021 winner is Kimberly Hess! Congratulations!

Learn more about Smile Train here and follow Avery's team on Instagram here.

The Cottage is not normally rented separately from the main Retreat house, so this is a unique prize! The winner will have access to The Cottage from 3 pm on a Friday until 11am on a Sunday, for any available weekend in 2021.

Thank you so much!